W&L Men's Basketball Stung by Hornets, 71-66

W&L Men's Basketball Stung by Hornets, 71-66

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team was held scoreless for almost five minutes late in the second half as Lynchburg defeated the Generals, 71-66, on Saturday in the Warner Center.

The Hornets (11-4, 4-2) led 32-28 at halftime, but W&L (5-10, 2-4) opened the second period on a 13-4 run. During the spurt, first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) nailed two triples from the corner, and sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) scored seven points, including five straight, to give the Blue and White a 41-36 lead at the 15:59 mark.

Lynchburg's Omar Kemp (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) notched the next two baskets, but a layup by sophomore forward Jok Asiyo (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) pushed the lead back to three (43-40) with 14:32 on the clock.

The two squads went back and forth over the next couple of possessions, but a three-pointer by guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day) gave the Generals a five-point lead, 47-42, with 10:58 remaining.

LC tied the game following a layup, a steal and an old-fashioned three-point play on the next trip down the court, but the Blue and White regained a five-point margin (56-51) with 7:32 left in the game on a layup by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe). From there, the Hornets switched to a zone, and went on a 9-0 run that spanned 4:51 to take a 60-56 advantage.

Kimberly ended the scoring drought with a dunk (60-58) at the 2:41 mark, but sophomore forward Alex Graves (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) responded with a jumper on the ensuing possession.

Following a layup by junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) to cut the lead to two, 62-60, with 1:48 left, the Hornets recorded the next five points to stretch the advantage to seven (67-60) with 34 ticks on the clock. The Generals hit two three pointers in the final 25 seconds, but couldn't make up difference in the 71-66 loss.

Seven different players recorded at least six points for W&L with Kimberly leading with a game-high 18. He also ended the contest with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Franz totaled 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Generals dished out 17 assists, but also had 19 turnovers, which marked the most since December 16.

Graves and first-year guard Zack Burnett (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) each scored 13 points to lead the Hornets, while senior forward Gary Boone II (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) added 10 points and five boards.

W&L shot 50 percent (9-18) from beyond the arc, while holding LC to 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from deep. The Generals finished the game at 43.1 percent (22-51) from the floor and at 72.2 percent (13-18) from the foul line.

The Hornets went 27-of-68 (39.7 percent) from the field and 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the free throw line. Due to Lynchburg's 10 steals and 15 offensive rebounds, the Hornets took 17 more shots than W&L.  

The Generals finish their three-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.

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